BASIC 10 Liner Contest 2019

The annual BASIC 10 Liner competition is something of a tradition with 8bit enthusiasts, it’s been running for 8 years now and has had over 300 entries submitted for the various 8bit systems.

Gunnar Kanold, the organiser, used to monitor all the different forums for the 8bit systems and coordinate the competition from these many locations. That has become too much of a task, so this year, while you are encouraged to discuss your 10-liner entries in your forum of choice, the only way to submit an entry is to email Gunnar Directly at the email below.

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LiteDOS2.0 Released

Mr. Atari has written a new DOS for Atari users, it’s small, only 2K so you have more free memory, boots in only a couple of seconds, compatible with DOS2, 2.5, MyDOS, supports wildcards, has a ESP8266/Rverter R:Driver: for WiFi connection to BBSes etc., an 850 compatible R: driver, a formatter for LitDOS disks and all the most used DOS commands.

Not bad for 2K!

LiteDOS is still in active development, version 2.01 was just released, so go check it out on Mr Ataris website

Mister Hoppe

Wojciech Bociański (AtariAge user bocianu) has written a new game in MAD Pascal. Entered into the 6502 competition over at AtariOnline, it fits in 6502 bytes so it has no sound. It’s a fun little run and jump game, the source code is available from his GIT repo on GitLab you can download it from the 6502 competition site here’s a (Direct Link) or you can grab a copy here.

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Renderific, the SVG Renderer

Kevin Savetz has been working on a Renderer for SVG files in Turbo BASIC. In a remarkably short time he has gone from simple lines to the results below.

Starting with simple rectangles, he has gone on to add Circles, Ellipses, Lines, PolyLines, Polygons, Scaling, Paths, Subpaths, Curves and Polybéziers. I’m sure we are all anxiously awaiting the Fill routine.

You can follow along with the progress and offer words of encouragement on Twitter here.

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SillyPack 2k18

SILLY VENTURE 2018                 ____              _____
    _____  __ 8-BIT RESULTS PACK___\  /___      _____|   |
  _/  __/__\/____  ____ ____  __\_  \/   /____ _\    |   |____._ ______ ______
_\_____  \  |  /__|  /_\   \/   /      / _  /   \   |  __/   | \  __  \  _  /
|   \/   /  | /   \ /   \_    _/ \    /  \_/ \ \    |  /  \     \ \/__/_ \_/ \
|_______/___|_____/_____/|____|   \  /\______/__\___|_____/_____/_/\___/_____/
!NE7        ___________     _______\/__

15 bonuses -  5 musics - 15 graphics - 13 intros - 6 demos - 4 games - 2 wilds

This pack contains a disk image in MyDos format with all Atari 8-bit releases of SillyVenture 2k18. I felt they deserve a good presentation, especially the graphics and music releases for which no art pack/music disk exists.

This pack comes with results viewer which also acts as a menu from where you can directly start all releases and read the readmes.

The menu remains memory resident, so you don’t have to load it again every time. This makes watching the graphics entries and listening to the music entries much more fun, especially on the real machine.
If you use loadable speeders, you have to use the memory area $500-$5ff.
For “SIO2SD TURBO” for example press “OPTION+START” at the boot screen.

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The Atari Accountant

The Atari Accountant series of software was said not to exist. Mentioned only in a few adverts from 1981, some promo materials and a couple of people talking about the 1980 CES where it was announced. This fabled software came in three modules, General Accounting, Accounts Receivable, and Inventory Control each to retail for $500 and required a new double density, twin drive device, also announced at the same show, called the Atari 815 that would cost an additional $1200, an Atari 850 interface module and an Atari 825 printer!

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